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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈdʒʌŋkɪt/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌŋkɪt


junket (plural junkets)

  1. (obsolete) A basket.
  2. A type of cream cheese, originally made in a rush basket; later, a food made of sweetened curds or rennet.
    • 1818, John Keats, "Where be ye going, you Devon maid?":
      I love your meads, and I love your flowers, / And I love your junkets mainly [...].
  3. (obsolete) A delicacy.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.4:
      Goe streight, and take with thee to witnesse it / Sixe of thy fellowes of the best array, / And beare with you both wine and juncates fit, / And bid him eate […].
  4. A feast or banquet.
    • 1790, Ambrose Philips, The free-thinker, Vol III. No 124., page 95
      Conversation is the natural Junket of the Mind ; and most Men have an Appetite to it, once in the day at least [...].
  5. A pleasure-trip; a journey made for feasting or enjoyment, now especially a trip made ostensibly for business but which entails merrymaking or entertainment.
  6. A press junket.
    • 2018, An Phung and Chloe Melas,"Women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, harassment", CNN entertainment, May 24, 2018
      An entertainment reporter who is a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Freeman made comments about her skirt and her legs during two different junkets.
  7. (gambling) 20-40 table gaming rooms for which the capacity and limits change daily. Junket rooms are often rented out to private vendors who run tour groups through them and give a portion of the proceeds to the main casino.



junket (third-person singular simple present junkets, present participle junketing or junketting, simple past and past participle junketed or junketted)

  1. (intransitive) To go on or attend a junket.
    • South
      Job's children junketed and feasted together often.
  2. (transitive) To regale or entertain with a feast.